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post #21 of 145
Hi Kleine Hexe, I hope your boys feel better now!!!!

I have violas, sunflowers and calendula blooming...... thw watermelon vines are growing and the canalope are sprouting...my vegies are not planted so I do not know if I'll have a garden this year.... maybe if I get them in today.....

Happy spring!!! Michelle
post #22 of 145
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Originally Posted by Kleine Hexe
How are you mamas explaining the goddess and god (if you do) to your dc?
We began reading the stories of our ancestors, Gods & Goddesses to Fiona in utero. DH painted a beautiful mural of Donar holding one of his infant sons on her nursery wall. She attended her first blot (a heathen ceremony) at 2 weeks. We read her stories, talk to her about the Gods & Goddesses and their place in our lives, and keep her with us as we leave offerings for the house- and land-wights. I know she's too young to "get" the deeper meanings at 7 months (!!), but our plan is to keep doing the stuff we've always done, with her between us, explaining what we're doing along the way ... same way the Christians do it.
post #23 of 145

A bit of Solstice Sursprise today....

I teach preschool in the mornings and have most of my students in the afternoon as daycare ect...WEll I let them watch Spongebob Squarepants at 4:00 everyday...Todays episode really made me smile.

It started with Spongebob wearing a Sunflower outfit on his head telling Squidward that it was Summer Solstice and they should celebrate the starting of Summer because it was really special...Now it only lasted all of five or 7 minutes before it went on to Mr.Krab taking over and telling him why it was important too keep the kids (who were out of school)happy so they would spend their money at the Krusty Krab...


But I was pleasantly pleased that they included it about the summer solstice...Spongbob was really pleased and happy about it and explained to the squid about it somewhat...I don't see this in childrens cartoons hardly at all...

Just thought I would share....Love Mylie xx


By the way the episode was called Krabby Land....
post #24 of 145
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Originally Posted by Kleine Hexe
How are you mamas explaining the goddess and god (if you do) to your dc?
Much like Hethenmom, I simply do what I would naturally do (leave offerings, sing songs to the Sunshine when going for a walk, decorating a Yule tree, prayers etc.) and I either include ds or let him be near me when I do. He is 3.5 and he has recently begun to ask why I do them. Oh, he loves to smudge the house. We learned how hot incense can be on the tip and talked about how VERY hot incense is on a smudge stick and he is intentional and there for aware of where the end of that tip is. He goes from room to room. Sometimes he makes up his own blessings other times he just says bless this room. He sat through the whole story of Persephone a few times this Equinox and today we read a story about flowers and Maypoles and different love. They both came from Circle Round. Before he was sitting through stories we just some of the actives together.

My ds usually doesn’t want to give offerings if I suggest it, but sometimes he will do it by himself.

One thing that has really changed is I am verbal about my spritualiy. I used to praise the sun silently and now I do it out loud.
post #25 of 145
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Originally Posted by Sonnadoula
One thing that has really changed is I am verbal about my spritualiy. I used to praise the sun silently and now I do it out loud.
That's true for me too, but not just RE my spirituality ... I talk aloud about EVERYTHING now! :LOL
post #26 of 145
Happy Spring, everyone! It's been months since I've stepped into the circle. I watched the Mists of Avalon this morning, and have been thinking of the Goddess and of you all. So, back to lurk and to share!

This past week has been tough with typical third trimester pregnancy complaints and a cold (ugh), but I'm hoping the next couple of days will be productive. I hope to have the time to prepare our birthing room, complete my birthing necklace, finish knitting a diaper cover for the new babe, and plant an herb garden. Let's see if the universe cooperates and I have the energy!
post #27 of 145
Thread Starter 
The Face of The Mother is everywhere.

Look in the mirror!
Joyce in the mts.
post #28 of 145
I just need to share how happy I am. Midwifery school is forming from a dream into reality. All my paperwork is in, and I have gone to the interview. Awaiting an acceptance letter.............

Send me blessings please.
Michelle
post #29 of 145
That's great, Michelle! I would like to do something along those lines one day too. I was my own MW for my second birth, and that was so fun.
post #30 of 145
WOW, I have to say. I am in awe of unattended birthers...... I wish I had done that with atleast one of my kidos.
post #31 of 145
Thanks! Maybe you can have another baby some time, unassisted?
post #32 of 145

Uc

I'm going to UC with this birth (late June/early July) and am really excited. My 1st birth way long ago was mw attended and I liked most of the stuff about it, but I just didn't know as much. Really all I knew was that I didn't want a bunch of interventions, especially ones that are either demeaning and disrespectful or those that increase the likelihood of C-sections.

I'll let you know what happens once I'm back on-line afterwards!
post #33 of 145
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Originally Posted by fourgrtkidos
I just need to share how happy I am. Midwifery school is forming from a dream into reality. All my paperwork is in, and I have gone to the interview. Awaiting an acceptance letter.............

Send me blessings please.
Michelle
That is so awesome!! I'd love to train as a lay midwife ... unfortunately they're illegal in my state.
post #34 of 145
Hey pagan mamas,
I'm a mamma, but not sure if I'm a pagan? I read through the rest of the responses and really felt conected. I had a thread about the baby I lost and got a response from a woman who said she was a pagan, and what she said really made sense to me. I know a little about paganism and was wondering if any of you would be willing to fill me in? I saw the discussion about "recruiting" people that were interested and thought it might be OK to ask about it. I was recently given a book by my mother for my birthday about Goddess worship and loved it. Is this paganism and how does it or doesn't it fit in with other religions?
post #35 of 145

Welcome

Hi Race_Kelly, You are more than welcome here. Goddess worship is definitely an aspect of paganism. You will find in most branches of paganism (and there are many) that the female and male aspect of divinity are both worshipped. Another fairly universal aspect is worshipping or valuing the Earth and all her creatures beyond their use to us humans.

Other than that, there are so many variations in belief and practice that it is hard to pin us down. If you were reading about Goddess worship, you may have hit some information on Dianic Wicca/Witchcraft which is where people worship mainly or only the Goddess (divinity in its female aspect). I am Dianic, but know that most pagans are not.

As for questions, feel free to ask anything that occurs to you. The problem with explaining paganism is that it is such a broad term and one doesn't know where to start. As you noticed, we don't like to proselytize and wouldn't want to bore you or each other with unhelpful information or create information overload. So give us an idea of what interests you or what you would like to know and I am sure that you will get many replies.

Looking forward to hearing from you again.
post #36 of 145
I would again reiterate the asking questions and seeing what different answers you get, as I'm sure we all have varied beliefs. For our family, we've been focusing a lot of energy on living with the rhythms of the earth, celebrating the changing seasons, finding a rhythm to each day, and celebrating the moon cycle. We go for long walks in the woods and appreciate all the gifts of mother nature, and we also talk about the dynamic of god and goddess - the balance that exists in the natural world. For us, we've been discovering our pagan hearts through parenting, but when I have more time and energy, I'd like to search for more personal beliefs/practices. For now, I've just been enjoying some great fiction with pagan characters, including many that have been recommended on past threads!!!!!
post #37 of 145
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Originally Posted by Joyce in the mts.
The Face of The Mother is everywhere.

Look in the mirror!
Joyce in the mts.

Thank you for this reminder of just how special it is to be pregnant and creating life! There are times especially when DH is being complimentary and sweet when I do feel like the Mother incarnate and it is a truly profound moment. I need to remember it more often when my back hurts and the heartburn is driving me nuts!!

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Originally Posted by Sonnadoula
But it is nice because he is lathargic and I have been sitting on the sofa, reading my book with him all day. He just wants to stare out the window and sleep.
My oldest gets like this when he is sick, part of me loves the snuggle time and the other part of me feels bad for liking the fact that he has slowed down for a bit! I hope your DS feels better soon.

Well we are finally back in Oregon and much to my delight the lilacs are in bloom here! I didn't realize that we had them here as this is my first spring in the Pac NW. One of the things I missed the most about living in the south the past 10 years has been lilacs.

I went to our local UU church for the first time on Sunday and I hope to be going to their CUUPS group this month. I am desparately trying to put myself out there so the Lady can lead me to friends. I am so lonely right now without my sisters back in TX.

My oldest is in awe of the "growth on the trees" and "growth all around" (his words) that he is seeing right now. We have had fun talks about how mother earth and all her creatures are waking up from winter's sleep and on our walks we are focusing on finding those signs. The return of the robins, the sound of the frogs again at night stuff like that. He is really enjoying it.

As for how we teach the boys about our spirituality DH and I just tell the stories to them that are appropriate to the season, and really help them to focus on what is going on with nature. I do have an altar, but it is a private afair for me and DH isn't even a part of that. But since they were newborns they have joined us in circle and ritual when ever possible. We talk about it and enjoy the time as we would without kids. CUUPS in TX was very child friendly and my sisters there and I would routinely do circles with our kiddos present, if not helping out.

Oh crap just saw the time! Gotta run and make dinner for the men in my life or there will be whining insuing any moment! Will post more later.

Blessings,
N~
post #38 of 145
Thread Starter 
Y'know...

I see the Face of The Mother when I look in the mirror too...I am long past having babies though still fertile, but I am in my mid-and-soon-to-be late forties and have graying hair.

Just wanted to expand on things: Baby-having does help us to access a very special and perhaps more obvious connection to the Goddess; but it also connects to the God- for me, the Green Man. I need only look to my husband to see Him.

I am a great believer in, and experience both of these aspects (among MANY) of Divinity, in my life and on my path; and everyone's path is different, certainly. All stages of life are sacred.

...Joyce in the mts.
post #39 of 145
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Originally Posted by Sonnadoula
But it is nice because he is lethargic and I have been sitting on the sofa, reading my book with him all day. He just wants to stare out the window and sleep.
Originally Posted By MamaFae
My oldest gets like this when he is sick, part of me loves the snuggle time and the other part of me feels bad for liking the fact that he has slowed down for a bit! I hope your DS feels better soon.
:LOL It is not often that we say "hurray, our kids are sick!" Ds is much better now.

I fantasize about having this baby unattended but I know that most likely I will call my MW. She is more than a midwife to me, she is a mentor and I want her to be at this babies birth even if she were not a MW. I'm so happy for you fourgrtkidos! I will be a midwife some day. I was actually just beginning the interview process at our birth clinic (witch is also a school) when I learned that I am pregnant! So for us, it must wait until my kids are old enough. Family first ... My work as a doula is very satisfying though and I know I can wait to be a MW. I have four births (including my own ) this summer. I am so happy to have found my calling; it feels so good I can't put it into words. I know that is most likely what you are feeling now fourgrtkidos and I hope you can revel in it!

Blessed Be Midwives!
post #40 of 145
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Originally Posted by *Mamajaza*
Thanks! Maybe you can have another baby some time, unassisted?
Seconding that reccomendation :LOL although I have to say its so insanely normal.. like breathing if you will...that dare I say its not even that monumental!

Ok that said! I have a question! I need to know what I can do with some loose mistletoe here! it was in a sprig but it became so dry and has fallen apart for obvious reasons I want to keep it until next yule, I need some ideas of what I can do to make it look better so we can still reap its benefits! I am sort of idea brain dead here right now.. :LOL
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